Sunday, December 31, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
My total of books read for the year is 42. Six were books I had read before-a trilogy by Renee Riva, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti and Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie De Rosset.
- As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti Emmalyn moves to Madeline Island, wondering what's next in life and waiting for her husband to finish his time in prison. Emmalyn meets some new friends and finds a way to make something good out of difficult circumstances.
- Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson Daniel was a young man living in Europe during World War II. Now he is in his 80s, and he hires journalist Quenby Vaughn to find a girl he knew from his boyhood in Europe.
- The Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill This book is written by a Minnesota author and is the story of a group of neighbors who work together to grow a giant pumpkin.
- Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke Hannah goes to Germany to meet a grandfather she never knew existed. Hannah learns much about her family history that she never knew. Like Catching the Wind, this is also about World War II
- The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom An autobiography of a woman who lived in Holland during World War II, including time spent in a concentration camp.
- The Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever This book is for anyone in education, sales, marketing, human resources or someone who wants to improve their communication skills.
- Better Off (Flipping the Switch on Technology) by Eric Brende Brende tells the story of his year living with minimal technology.
- Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie De Rosset Written for women who want to live an intentional life. Though De Rosset's target audience is young women, it is relevant for those past their twenties.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Lori Nichols is a book I have added to my books to read aloud in December. Maple and Willow are sisters who get along, most of the time. In this book, they are excited to get a real tree for Christmas. It is exciting for them, until they realize that Maple is allergic to the real tree. A story about sisters and forgiveness at Christmas time is perfect for preschool and school age children.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Here are three posts I recommend reading.
- This post is about gift ideas for children and teens. The ideas steer them toward experiencing life rather than just sitting around in front of a screen.
- On a completely different note is a post my cousins' cousin wrote about longevity in marriage. Their grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this summer.
- And finally, a post by psychologist Kelly Flanagan about living in community. His perspectives are easy to read and give people something to discuss.
Friday, November 3, 2017
note: I would not recommend this book to those under 14 due to descriptions of concentration camps